Buona Sera
Buona Sera

Buona Sera

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.buonaserawinebar.com/
  • Phone: 7634211814
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Closed Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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A word from Buona Sera
Buona Sera is a cozy neighborhood restaurant and wine bar featuring the wonderful and authentic Italian recipes of renowned chef, Raffaele Virgillo. When you walk in the door you're treated like family. Enjoy good food, good wine, good company and of course, a Good Night.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Buona Sera reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (71)special occasion (60)romantic (53)notable wine list (34)fit for foodies (29)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (13)hot spot (6)late-night find (6)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Amazing Food and Fun Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been going to Buona Sera since its opening and it remains top of our list of favorite places to go for those special occasions. The food is always exceptional, the atmosphere is fun but not rowdy, the wine list is always good and the Raffaele (the owner) takes great pride in his place and always adds that extra something when he's there. Love, love, love, this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Reasonable prices and good food. Great service and homey atmosphere. Friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best kept secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We went here for an anniversary and the food was amazing
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again an outstanding evening.
    BluesMayor
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Thanks Rafael for the great menu and great food. Your staff was exceptional and helped make my wife's birthday a great evening. You never disappoint. The pork with gorgonzola was delicious and everyone loved their food. By the way the walleye cakes where awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server Kelly was GREAT!
    InfrequentDiners
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After an initial drive-by, we found an entrance to a back parking lot and were impressed with the glowing fire pit. Upon walking inside, we were a little surprised that the atmosphere did not seem to match what we had seen on their website ... had we known, we'd have dressed more casually. Overhearing a lengthy phone conversation from the hostess, we learned she was new ... and, although she eventually gave us the nod acknowledgement that she'd be with us, we found it curious why another staff member couldn't have stepped in (they were not at all busy)? Finally, our fabulous server appeared and seated us ... Kelly took great care from there! Other than a dirty knife and tough cut of steak, the food tasted good but KELLY made the night!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Too Quaint...
    TheWingedOne
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had read the reviews online and hoped the food would make up for the ambiance. It didn't. There was water damage on the ceiling that had obviously been there a while, the lights flickered constantly, and I couldn't shake the feeling I was in someone's living room. The food was overpriced and was very similar to a spicy Olive Garden. The wait staff was terrific, but it didn't make up for the shortcomings. Simply put, I could have had a better experience at Olive Garden, and that's sad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fast351sgrl
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    As always - great food, great service. It was a bit slower than usual, but our waiter let us know they were extra busy yet short staffed, and we didn't mind. I just finished the left-over pasta for breakfast this morning, and what a treat that was!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food
    mndiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    They were out of manicotti but I ordered lobster ravioli which was fine just a bit to rich flavor for my taste. Husband had lasagne which he liked. Would go back hopefully they have manicotti.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Came here for our anniversary celebration. It was perfect. Our server was excellent. she was very attentive, gave reccomendations when asked and took good care of us! Our food was delicious. From the Spinach Dip appetizer to my pork medallion meal and my husbands steak, we enjoyed it all! We loved it and will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful time at Bunoa Sera
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Rachel, Our server, made this an experience. She was fantastic, she was informed and seemed excited about us being there for the experience. The Artichoke Spinach dip was gorgeous, unexpected visually and so tasty to top it off, not the white on white slop with spinach mixed in you get everywhere else. The Tortellini was the best I've ever had, the pasta was perfect without being mushy and the sauce was so pleasant and complimented all the ingredients bringing the dish together rather than over powering it like many other "Italian" restaurants seem to do. I don't like fish but the pecan glazed salmon I may actually order as my main the next time I visit it was that good! We will for sure be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • simply amazing!
    kingette
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We noticed servers only have 4 tables no doubt a plan they know the minute you need something but they dont hover your table. Its a smaller venue but all the food smells blend well. Im very sensitive to sea food but the items that were served never over powered. For as small as it is was not too loud. They have a too die for wine menu and the server was on his game to pair based of what we said we liked not just off what we ordered on the menu. I camt wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew?!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Neatly tucked away, little neighborhood secret. I have always driven by this place, but never knew anything about it. My first experience was amazing!!!! The food was really good, but the service will keep us coming back:) The staff here have some of the best personalities around!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service!
    jeh1
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We celebrated my Mother's 73rd birthday and everyone had a great time. The food is very good, the portions are huge and the service was exceptional. This is a great neighborhood spot and we were made to feel like we were family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We love this restaurant! The food and service are fantastic! I've been here a few times and always order seafood inspired dishes and they all have been delicious! This quaint neighborhood restaurant is a gem! The place is small so it gets a bit noisy when full so if you prefer a little quieter atmosphere, go early as we do before it's crowded. I highly recommend this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian Goodness
    NotSuperCritical
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Have driven past Buona Sera before and have seen the crowds, but Open Table got a spot for us within an hour and a half! It was less busy than I expected but I'm not sure why since the food, service and selection was great! The waitress hand-picked a wine for us, dinner was awesome and dessert was scrumptious! Had a great first experience at Buona Sera!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    Marty57
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our party of four enjoyed our wine and meal very much. Our server was attentive without being in the way. The food was wonderful. Very flavorful and presented nicely. We had the Pollo Saltinbocca, Beef Gorgonzola and Salmon. All fabulous! The dining room is a small space so a bit noisy but the coziness is what makes it special. This is our place to celebrate special occasions in our lives.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It's always a delight to dine at Buona Sera. The food is always the BEST, and the service is always friendly and efficient. The entire service staff works together and provides unfailing great service. The only drawback (if there is one) is that you usually need a reservation or a spur of the moment visit can be a long wait for a table,.....if they can accommodate you. One of the best dining experiences in the Twin Cities!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    RAMAA
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Service and food were both exceptional. I brought a small group of seven from work for a business dinner and they really enjoyed both the food, service and ambience. My husband and I really enjoying stopping in there for dinner as often as possible along with the rest of my family. We always have great service and exceptional food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorit spots
    nubien3
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We absolutely love Buona Sera, every time we go we enjoy the food, the ambiance, and the service. It's one of those places that we often forget about because it's off the beaten path, but when we remember it we get excited! I'm so happy to have found this place, I've never been unsatisfied.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    we totally enjoyed our dinner experience, the staff was attentive and the food was very good and fresh. will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great date night
    jcmaxmom
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had A Great Night At Buena Sera. We Had A LeisurelY 2 Hour Dinner. Food Was Tasty And Came out Hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    seniomsed
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Buona Sera is our favorite special occasion restaurant. We enjoyed pre-dinner drinks on their patio. The wait staff is outstanding and the food is unbelievable. The stuffed mushroom appetizer - excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Dining
    luvurfood
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We really enjoyed our servers and the food was great. We definitely did not leave hungry and had to take some home with us. Thank you for the experience. We will definitely make a return trip some day.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Montana
    Woehsmissingitalian
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    In town visiting and happened to stop in. Food was amazing! Never had better Salmon...ever! Wine selection was fab! We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mandn
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have been coming here for several years. We have always had great service and the food is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good!!
    Cath
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We love going to Buona Sera for special occasions or if we really want great Italian food! The food is always good. It's such a cute spot and so different, we like to take friends there who have never been - they are surprised and always happy with the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just as good as I remembered
    magicjake7
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and put a note in that it was her birthday. All the staff wished her a happy birthday the entire night. The restaurant is cozy, so don't be put off if it appears small. The tables have plenty of room and all have paper tablecloths with crayons for all ages to enjoy. We went on a Wednesday evening and it was not very busy, but it appeared that there may have been one server missing as our waitress struggled to keep up with our table. She was very nice and very knowledgeable, but always seemed about 5-10 minutes behind. The food was outstanding and with perfect portions. The price is about olive garden give or take; for the two of us, a bottle of wine, an appetizer and two entrees was less than $100.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brian
    Brian
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Went for our 3rd anniversary and had made some special requests through open table. The waitress remembered everything and managed to NOT make it feel like she was fishing for a tip. From the waitress to the chef asking about our meal service was exceptional. Sauces were great, veal was a titch overdone. Wine was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected a little more!
    GermanChick
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    To start with and what bothered me most was that my husbands and my pork medallions were not evenly cooked and raw in places. I also didn`t like the side paste swimming in marinara sauce. Sometimes less is more :) The overall taste was really good though!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Awesome meal for our special occasion. Looking forward to bringing our out of town guest there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Little Place
    Smurf
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I heard about this resteraunt after visiting its sister resteraunt in Stillwater. The food is delicious and authentic. As a person who is gluten intolerant I appreciate that they have a decent selection of entrees besides just pasta. Waitstaff has always been very friendly and helpful. We will continue to come back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    food was very good but my friend had wanted a beef dish and was told that there was no more beef. waiter recommended alternate dish which quite a bit higher in cost. more appropriate alternate should have been offered. she was unhappy and will probably not dine here again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed.
    Leahd
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I had been referred to this restaurant by a friend who swore the food was amazing. When we got there, we waited forever to be seen by our waitress- no water, no hello, nothing. I held out because the food was supposed to be good. The soup was great, but everything else was mediocre and a bit over cooked. I wouldn't have put up with the poor service if I had known that the food was nothing special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT DINNER!
    dinner4us2
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We always look forward to dinners at Buona Sera especially when we can sit on the patio. As usual we were not disappointed. Great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little bit of Italy in Champlin
    badmin
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Love this place! The food is awesome and to have the owner/chef have his touch on every meal AND come out and greet you at the table is something special. Food is a bit pricey, but is definitely worth those special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    2nearRR
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants to go to for food quality only found in Italy. Everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tired Italian so is the Food
    SafariRomantic
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Tired Italian so is the Food... I like this place, its cozy warm great service and lots of potential. But the food quality is really sadly tiring, we have much better Italian chefs in the twin cities that cost much less. For example the mussels where overcooked, and the broth unseasoned and blend. So was the New York Strip, blend unseasoned not certainly not from the grill as it was stated on the menu, also all pastas where store bought. Nothing was homemade, sad very sad...wake up Chef -please.
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  • friday at buona sera
    mankoviak
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A great night at a fun and happy place. High energy, great food and excellent service. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food and service were awesome. Only probably was getting to the restaurant as the City of Champlin had a citywide parade which shut down a lot of the roads to the restaurant. After 35 minutes of frustration, called the restaurant to cancel, then was informed to talk to policeman so we could get through barricade. Well worth going. Will be going back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Dinner for Creegn
    KatieDining
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    So happy we chose Buona Sera to eat at for my sons' graduation from transition school. The staff treated us like royalty and their sense of humor fit right in with ours. Even the owner came over to talk to us. Love this place!!!! Thank you so much for making our experience so memorable and enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet